Gilssam nori (Kor. 길쌈놀이, lit. weaving game) refers to different kinds of entertainment enjoyed by Korean women in the past during weaving competitions. These competitions began early in the seventh lunar month and ended on Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month). The custom is also known as duresam (Kor. 두레삼), gilssam dure (Kor. 길쌈두레), gongdong jeongma (Kor. 공동적마, Chin. 共同績麻), and deulge (Kor. 들게), and included telling tales, dancing, singing, and participating in team games.
Gilssam (Kor. 길쌈) stands for a process of spinning thread from various fibers and weaving fabrics such as hemp, ramie, silk, or cotton. The custom of women-weaving clusters was widespread in the southern part of Korea, such as Chungcheong, Jeolla and Gyeongsang Provinces.
The participants formed a group and gathered every night at the home of one of the cooperative members to weave together. Although labor at the loom was always coupled with conversation and group singing throughout the duration of the one and a half month session, a bigger party was organized at the end of the competition. Held on the evening of Chuseok, the festival included food, dancing, and singing. Competitive games were also included in the program, and losers were often required to treat the winners to special meals.